The Australian Excessive Commissioner to India on Friday expressed shock over current reviews that two Hindu temples had been vandalised in Melbourne and careworn that the authorities have been investigating the incident.
Barry O’Farrell tweeted: “Like India, Australia is a proud, multicultural nation. We have now been shocked on the vandalism of two Hindu temples in Melbourne, and Australian authorities are investigating” and tagged India’s overseas minister S Jaishankar and the ministry. “Our robust help for freedom of expression doesn’t embody hate speech or violence,” he mentioned.
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On Thursday, overseas ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned the Indian and Australian goverments had mentioned the matter. “Not too long ago a few temples have been vandalised in Australia. We condemned these incidents. Each are close to Melbourne. We strongly condemned these actions,” he mentioned, including, “These actions have additionally been publicly condemned by Australian leaders, neighborhood leaders and spiritual associations there.”
Bagchi – addressing a weekly media briefing – additionally mentioned the Indian Consulate Normal in Melbourne has raised the problem with native police. He mentioned India had additionally requested a immediate investigation, prosecution of the responsible, and measures to forestall related incidents.
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On Monday, it was reported that the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Australia’s Carrum Downs had been vandalised with anti-Hindu graffiti. The act was seen by devotees who got here for ‘darshan’ throughout the three-day ‘Thai Pongal’ competition being celebrated by Australia’s Tamil Hindu neighborhood, in keeping with information company ANI, citing The Australia Immediately.
This act of vandalism was only a week after the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir within the nation’s Mill Park was defaced with anti-India and anti-Hindu graffiti.
(With inputs from businesses)
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